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Concerns mount over ‘serious divergences’ on Brexit border issue

Concerns mount over ‘serious divergences’ on Brexit border issue

Concerns over “serious divergences” on protocols related to Ireland and Northern Ireland post-Brexit are mounting, an Irish MEP has warned....

June 20, 2018

Zinc oxide ban could increase antibiotic reliance

Zinc oxide ban could increase antibiotic reliance

A ban on therapeutic zinc oxide use could increase pig sector reliance on antibiotics at a time when pressure is mounting for...

March 15, 2018

Brussels hosts conference on future of CAP

Brussels hosts conference on future of CAP

Brussels will hear European farmers’ views on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in a conference taking place...

July 7, 2017

Is a single set of EU rules for farm and utility machines on the way?

Is a single set of EU rules for farm and utility machines on the way?

A single European system of rules is being sought by a combination of European ‘mobile machine’ manufacturers this week from...

June 14, 2017

44,000 EU dairy farmers apply for voluntary reduction scheme

44,000 EU dairy farmers apply for voluntary reduction scheme

Approximately 44,000 dairy farmers from across the EU have applied for support under the terms set out for the voluntary...

March 20, 2017

EU milk output on the rise, despite shrinking herd

EU milk output on the rise, despite shrinking herd

Milk production in the EU-28 is expected to rise in 2017 on the back of improved yields, according to the...

March 18, 2017

SMP intervention stocks may well remain at current levels

SMP intervention stocks may well remain at current levels

The European Commission is unlikely to sell much of its skimmed milk powder (SMP) stocks out of intervention before the...

February 13, 2017

Commission wants the public to have its say on the future of CAP

Commission wants the public to have its say on the future of CAP

The European Commission wants the public to have its say on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) as...

February 7, 2017

France receives clearance to export beef to the US market

France receives clearance to export beef to the US market

France has become the fourth EU Member State to gain clearance to export beef to the US market. In January...

January 16, 2017

Poor weather conditions take a toll on EU cereal harvest

Poor weather conditions take a toll on EU cereal harvest

Adverse weather conditions has seen the quantity of cereal available for use in Europe fall below the five-year average, according...

December 24, 2016

What does the future hold for the European suckler cow numbers?

What does the future hold for the European suckler cow numbers?

The number of suckler cows present on EU-15 farms, which includes Ireland, is expected to decline in the coming years,...

December 10, 2016

‘Dairy recovery guaranteed as long as we produce what the market wants’

‘Dairy recovery guaranteed as long as we produce what the market wants’

Recovery of the dairy market is guaranteed as long as the industry produces what the market demands, Commissioner Phil Hogan...

December 3, 2016

Over 20,000t of skimmed milk powder to be released from intervention stocks

Over 20,000t of skimmed milk powder to be released from intervention stocks

A tender procedure to release the first amounts (22,500t) of skimmed milk powder (SMP) out of public intervention stocks will...

November 24, 2016

Hogan continues his ‘diplomatic offensive’ with visit to south east Asia

Hogan continues his ‘diplomatic offensive’ with visit to south east Asia

The EU Commissioner for Agriculture, Phil Hogan, is on an official visit to Hong Kong, Vietnam and Indonesia with EU agri-food...

November 1, 2016

Commission approval of €25m sheep scheme expected ‘by year end’

Commission approval of €25m sheep scheme expected ‘by year end’

Formal approval by the European Commission of Ireland’s €25m Animal Welfare Sheep Scheme is expected “by year end”, the Secretary General...

October 26, 2016

Are Producer Organisations key to the future of the fruit and veg sector?

Are Producer Organisations key to the future of the fruit and veg sector?

There appears to be an increasing push at European level for fruit and vegetable growers to establish Producer Organisations. The...

October 14, 2016

EU dairy cow numbers to decline but milk production to remain ahead of 2015

EU dairy cow numbers to decline but milk production to remain ahead of 2015

Following four consecutive years of increase, the number of dairy cows in December is expected to decline in the EU-15 by 0.5% in...

October 12, 2016

MEPs say no to five new GMO products

MEPs say no to five new GMO products

Plans to authorise five genetically modified organism (GMO) products by the European Commission have been opposed by the European Parliament....

October 9, 2016